Below are some of the 2019 Offshore Symposium Distinguished Speakers. More to be coming soon. 


Keynote Speaker

“Blue Oceans: Offshore and Ship Research for Future Maritime Challenges'”

Dr. Bas Buchner

Dr. Bas Buchner

President, MARIN (Maritime Institute Research Netherlands)

Dr. Bas Buchner studied at Delft University of Technology and graduated in 1991. He joined MARIN and was responsible for many offshore model test and simulation projects related to mooring, platform response, offloading analysis and wave impact loading. He specialized in the topics of extreme waves, green water loading and wave impacts. He completed his PhD on the subject of ‘Green Water Loading on Ship Type Offshore Structures’ (2002). He was Manager of the MARIN Offshore Department from 2000 to 2010 and was the leader of many Joint Industry Projects (JIP’s) in the Offshore sector. He act as Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has authored more than 50 papers in the field of Offshore hydrodynamics. Since 2011, he is President of MARIN.

Panel Discussion Members

“Adapting Mooring Design and Standards for the Next Generation of Offshore Platforms”

KT Ma

KT Ma

Senior Advisor, Chevron ETC

Kai-tung (KT) Ma is a senior advisor at Chevron, specialized in mooring engineering, reliability of marine structures, and drilling riser analysis. He has 25 years of industry experience after his PhD in naval architecture and offshore engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1994. His recent work was focused on mooring system designs and installations for Chevron’s fleet of floating production facilities around the world from Gulf of Mexico, West Africa to Southeast Asia. In recent years he has become known with his work on mooring integrity and has been promoting a better reliability through improved station-keeping standards. Helping the industry, he has been serving as co-chair/member/champion for API, ISO committees, DeepStar research program, etc. Over the years, he has published 36 technical papers and 4 patents.
David Petruska

David Petruska

Team Lead,-Floating Systems, BP

David Petruska is the Upstream Engineering Authority and team lead for floating systems and metocean at BP. He has over 28 years of experience in the offshore industry. He was previously the chair of the API Stationkeeping Task Groups and is a member of the API SC2 strategy team and chair elect for ISO TC67 SC7. He has worked as the Atlantis project marine authority and the mooring lead on the Mad Dog project to implement the first polyester mooring system in the GoM.

David Graduated from Washington University with a Doctorate, Masters and Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering.

Caspar Heyl

Caspar Heyl

Senior Engineer, Shell

Caspar Heyl received his masters degree in Naval Architecture from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has over 20 years of experience in offshore hydrodynamics focusing on global performance and stationkeeping for floating production systems. Caspar started his career at SOFEC, working all types of single point moorings. Caspar currently works at Shell as a civil structural engineer in the projects organization.


Ethics Course Speaker


George Hartmann

George Hartmann

Licensing Project Manager

George P. Hartmann, P.E. is a Licensing Project Manager at the Texas Board of Professional Engineers in Austin. He has been with the Board for fourteen years. Previously he worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and predecessor agencies. He has also worked with Huntsman Corporation; and two environmental engineering consulting firms. He is a 1981 graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.